The Honolulu Museum of Art explores urgent issues

The Honolulu Museum of Art presents Hawaiʻi Now an exhibition featuring 18 leading contemporary artists, whose works tackle some of today’s most important political and societal themes such as Indigenous rights, sustainability and a range of social concerns.

“The artists selected for Artists of Hawaiʻi Now encompass a broad spectrum of levels within their artistic careers, from emerging artists who have never shown before to artists who are featured in national and international collections. The group is unified through their bold voices and innovative practices,” shared Marlene Siu, curator.

Artists of Hawaiʻi Now builds upon the museum’s longstanding tradition of showcasing the work of Hawaiʻi-based artists, directly supporting and investing in the local arts ecosystem, a remarkable case study for community engagement.

Artists of Hawai‘i Now is co-curated by HoMA Curatorial team members Taylour Chang and Marlene Siu, who have worked in close collaboration with the 18 artists featured in the exhibition: Nāʻālehu Anthony, Gwen Arkin, Andy Behrle, Gaye Chan, Jennifer Goya, Lynda Hess, Christopher Kahunahana, Kapulani Landgraf, Daniel Kauwila Mahi, Lanakila Mangauil, John Mantanona, Manu Mei-Singh, Nicole Naone, Cara Oba, Kyle Oba, Aura Reyes, Juvana Soliven and Noe Tanigawa.

Image: Daniel Kauwila Mahi. Kuikawalakii, 2021. 3-D printed sculpture. Image courtesy of the artist.